Pasta with Sautéed Vegetables

What a colorful way to eat pasta! Make it even healthier by using whole wheat pasta.


Yield: Serves 8



  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 large red bell peppers, sliced
  • 2 medium zucchini, cut in half lengthwise and sliced
  • 2 C. (8 oz./225 g) mushrooms, thickly sliced
  • 2 C. arugula or baby spinach leaves
  • 1/4 C. heavy cream
  • 3/4 C. Pesto Vinaigrette (see recipe for Spinach Pesto Salad)
  • 600 g pasta



1. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat; add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute.

2. Add the peppers and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. If your pan is large enough, now add the zucchini and mushrooms and continue cooking until the zucchini are tender. If you only have a small pan, it’s better to transfer the peppers into a bowl and have enough room in your pan to cook the zucchini and mushrooms.

3. Add arugula or spinach and cook just until wilted.

4. Combine all vegetables together; add heavy cream and heat through.

5. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain and return the pasta to the hot pot. Toss in the cooked vegetable mixture and reserved 3/4 C. Pesto Vinaigrette.


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